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Monday, May 06, 2013

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 8

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Baluarte is a private owned zoo by the governor and also its open to the public, there’s no entrance fee here, everyone can visit the zoo to interact and get a close encounter with the animals. All animals here are private animal collection of Gov. Singson, he got this cool hobby in collecting different kinds of animals.

At Baluart, you’ll see animals roaming freely around the zoo park – they have deers, pony, horses, camels, goat, peacock, ducks, midget chickens, parrots, ostrich, llama and buffalo. For caged animals they have some reptiles like snakes, iguanas, monitor lizards, pythons, crocodiles and then the tigers are also caged, most young tigers are available for viewing in cages. Other caged birds like – eagles, owls and peacocks are also here in Baluarte. There’s also a butterfly farm inside the garden at Baluarte.




Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Its free entrance…and there’s nothing to pay for here if you want to encounter the animals, only you have pay for the photo op with the tiger, kalesa ride with the pony and also for your own food, you can buy food there since there are lots of vendors and stores. For the photo op with parrots and birds, you can donate if you want for the care taker of these birds.

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
lifesize dinosaur statues in Baluarte

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
View from below Baluarte…check out that nice cloud formation and the view of Baluarte mansion.

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Young tigers in cage

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Parrots sitting freely in the bird area in Baluarte


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
the bird care taker always invites kids and people to try to touch the parrots. hahaha check out the kids smile

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
adult tiger in zoo cage…. this is located at garden of Baluarte mansion, one of the fave of the governor.

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Team Ostrich!

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Turkey and a deer

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
they showed to us this yellow submarine… Its so small, I think it can fit up to two people inside.


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
The naughty ducks hahahaha.. they always cross over from other cages kasi

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Me inside the butterfly farm

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Black butterfly…


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Orchid.

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
butterfly during meal time

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
the madame butterfly


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
here’s the nursery area were they hold all of the eggs and larva

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
higad!!!! ang dami


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
pupa time!


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
waiting for the release….

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
In Baluarte there’s also this animal encounter show for everyone, it’s a free show. There’s this emcee that sounds like Steve Irvin – the croc hunter.

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
But before the show, we met first with this young tiger…

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
I’m so scared at first ahhhahaha. and then I just missed my pet cat Pulot, who looks like a tiger

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
hay… I miss my pet cat.. I wish I can take home a tiger cub


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Here’s the animal encounter show, you can see Cristelle here participating the animal encounter moments hahahah. Look at her face.


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
She’s holding this cute little flying squirrel.

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Here’s Rey having a slithering moment with a snake


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Ohhh bear cat!!!!

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Ross with a cold iguana….


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
sleeping boa constrictor…


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
that’s me holding a serpent eagle!
so cool with this animal encounter. I love this eagle already hahahaa.


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Around Baluarte there are lots of stores and vendors, here’s Jeman having his new sideline ahhhahaha

Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Souvenir shirts for only PHP 100 !! yes!! that PHP 100 for you!


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Lots of stores and vendors outside Baluarte.


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Now time to have a selfie pic moment with some animals…


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
you’re looking at me!!


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
you know that I freaked out after this photo hahhaha. the big is so big!


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
And here’s a Llama having a foot spa after the hot afternoon


Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Thanks to Alwin for the pics!!!

How to go here in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
1. There are two travel options – ride the 8 hour bus from Manila to Ilocos Sur or ride the plane go Laoag City Airport in Ilocos Norte + 1 1/2 land travel to Vigan.

2. We went here via chartered plane of Gov. Chavit Singson, we landed at Vigan City airport, if you have a company trip and want to travel by air, you can try a chartered plane by Sea Air, just inquire to their office on how to get a chartered plane.

3. Air - Domestic flights leave Manila daily for Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, which is an hour and a half ride by bus or arranged vehicles to Vigan. The city can be reached from Laoag City via Partas Bus, Fariñas Transportation, Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines, F. Franco Trans, and Florida Bus. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph

4. By Land - The 408 km stretch from Manila to Vigan City is a comfortable eight-hour ride along the scenic Manila-Ilocos Highway. Air-conditioned Partas Bus, Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus and Viron Transit ply the Manila-Vigan route regularly. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph
5. Getting Around - The best way to explore Vigan is on foot; the city center is small and compact, yet full of excitement. Experience a calesa ride around Vigan at P150.00 per hour per carriage. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph

6. If you are in Vigan City, there are lots of transportation, you can ride the tricycle or the “kalesa”, horse drawn carriage. The “kalesa” can be rented at Php 100 per hour.

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
http://www.vigancity.gov.ph/
For Schedules of City Events and Tours please contact the City Tourism Office. Tel No: (077) 722-8771,

Baluarte in Vigan City

http://chavitsingson.net/baluarte/index.html
Opens - 7am-6pm eve
ryday, entrance is free
Tel # 6377-722-7186

Historic Town of Vigan @ UNESCO
Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/502
 
Vigan.PH
http://www.vigan.ph


* Thanks to Governor Chavit Singson for inviting us to tour around Vigan City

Read my complete Vigan travel blog series
for any questions or inquiries, feel free to email me at azrael@gmail.com

Discovering Vigan City - Ilocos Sur trip part 1

WIP - Dancing fountain of Plaza Salcedo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 2
Cathedral of Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 3
Plaza Burgos in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 4
Calle Crisologo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 5

Party at Baluarte in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 6

Inside Gov. Chavit Singson's home - Baluarte citadel in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 7
Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 8

BurnayJar factory in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 9

Vigan Plaza Hotel - Ilocos Sur trip part 10

Hidden Garden in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 11

Syquia Mansion in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 12

St. Augustine Church in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 13

Bantayan Belfry in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 14

Café Leona in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 15

Vigan Empanada - Ilocos Sur trip part 16

Loom weaving - Ilocos Sur trip part 18

Mindoro Beach in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 19 ( last series)

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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